U.S. History

U.S. History

Theme-Based Writing for Students Grades 8-9

Middle school students will explore topics in American history as they write fiction and nonfiction compositions with structure and style!

September 13, 2022 to June 20, 2023
Tuesdays 5:15-6:15 PM EST

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This is a small writing class for middle school students to learn to write according to the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Structure and Style methodology.

In this class, students will learn to take notes, retell narrative stories, summarize references, conduct research, and compose formal essays. This class will cover Units 1-9 in the IEW program. Students will also practice all of the dress-ups and sentence openers in the IEW program.

This class’s theme is “U.S. History.” Students will study explorers, battles, land expansion, famous ships, and founding fathers while they practice and master fundamental writing skills. While the primary purpose of these lessons is for the children to learn to write, the themed lessons serve to broaden students’ subject knowledge and capture their interest.


Class meets weekly on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15 PM EST.

  • First Class: 9/13
  • Last Class: 6/20
  • No class held:
    • 11/22 (Thanksgiving)
    • 12/20 & 12/27 (Winter Break)
    • 2/21 (Mid-Winter Break)
    • 4/11 (Spring Break)
Class Size

Maximum capacity is six students.

Enrollment Fees

$2,160 (36 classes)
Payable in full or in four equal installments


Ms. Sydney Hoff is the founder of Rose Writing Center. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree from Emory University, Ms. Sydney served as a writing tutor in the Emory Writing Center. She is a Certified Instructor accredited by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, and she has taught dozens of students the art of writing according to IEW’s Structure and Style methodology.

>Required Materials
  • IEW U.S. History Workbook, sold here ($35)
  • Optional RWC Student Binder, sold here ($55)
    • If you do not purchase our binder, please obtain for your child a 2″ binder with 12 dividers, clear sheet protectors, and lined writing paper.
  • Students are responsible for obtaining course materials.

Syllabus Coming Soon


Writing assignments take approximately 60 minutes per week.

>Parent Communication

Parents will receive learning reports summarizing their child’s progress throughout the year. Parent-teacher conferences are held in November, March, and June.

>Technology Requirements

Google Classroom. Students must have either their own email address or access to a parent’s email address.

Zoom. Students can follow Zoom’s hardware and software guidelines to prepare their environment.

Printer. Students should know how to scan and submit their work, and they should have access to a printer.


There are no pre-requisites to enroll in this course. If you are a continuing RWC student, this course is the next step for students who have completed our Ancient History course.

Note: The minimum enrollment required for this course is four (4) students. Rose Writing Center reserves the right to cancel this course in the event that fewer than four students enroll. Students enrolled in a canceled course will be duly notified and may choose to either receive a full refund or transfer to another course by Rose Writing Center.

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